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Israeli Tourist Arrested in Soviet Russia; Israel Sends Protest

June 17, 1963
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Israel today protested to the Soviet Government, the arrest earlier this month in Kharkov of an Israeli citizen on charges he was a Soviet national who deserted a Russian army unit, it was announced by the Foreign Ministry.

The Israeli, Yehuda Cohen, 41, was among a group of 37 Israeli tourists who left for the Soviet Union on May 7. On June 9, it was learned that he was arrested on a Kharkov street, forcibly taken in a car, arrested and held incommunicado. The Foreign Ministry protest asked that a representative of the Israel Embassy in Moscow be permitted to see Cohen without delay and that he be returned to Israel.

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